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Donald Trump exposes ‘fake news’ by releasing audio of interview
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President Donald Trump blasted The Wall Street Journal Sunday for misquoting him during an interview.
Claiming the newspaper reported “fake news” by misquoting the president on his relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump posted an audio of what he said as proof. The Journal did also, making it a case of dueling audios.
“I” or “I’d”
The Journal published its interview with Trump Friday. In it, he reportedly said, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un of North Korea,” the country’s leader.
Not so, said the president. Trump claimed he said “I’d have a good relationship…” a contraction for “I would,” not “I,” as in “I have.”
In the president’s version, he’s saying it’s possible for him to have a good relationship with Kim. In the Journal‘s version, the president is saying he already has a good relationship with the rogue state dictator.
Trump responded with a two-tweet statement.
“The Wall Street Journal stated falsely that I said to them ‘I have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un’ (of N. Korea). Obviously I didn’t say that. I said ‘I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,’ a big difference. Fortunately, we now record conversations with reporters…,” he said.
The president continued, “…and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!”
The proof is in the audio?
White House chief spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the brouhaha by posting an official recording of what Trump said during the interview. She tweeted:
Here is the official audio showing WSJ misquoting @POTUS https://t.co/wVwoafYkHg
That should have put an end to it, right? Not quite.
The Journal isn’t backing down.
It also posted an audio of that portion of the interview, together with a statement, which said:
We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported. Here is audio of the portion the White House disputes.
Here’s the newspaper’s audio recording, which it posted to Twitter:
We have reviewed the audio from our interview with President Trump, as well as the transcript provided by an external service, and stand by what we reported. Here is audio of the portion the White House disputes. https://t.co/eWcmiHrXJg https://t.co/bx9fGFWaPw
The president has experienced a change of heart since October, when he tweeted that negotiations with North Korea would be a waste of time.
The Hill reported:
Trump last week told South Korea’s leader he was open to direct talks with North Korea on its nuclear program.
“Sure. I always believe in talking,” he told reporters at Camp David. “If something can happen and something can come out of those talks, that would be a great thing for all of humanity.”
The president’s new attitude with respect to talks with Kim would appear to reflect his version of what was said — that he probably would have a very good relationship with the regime’s leader.
The real proof, however, is in the audio.
What do you think he said?
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